Greek Salads

Salad has come a long way in Greece. In the past, you could only find traditional Greek salad – tomato, cucumber, feta, onion with an olive on top. Or, variations of a Greek salad, tomato with cucumber, or tomato only. I used to occasionally ask for cucumber only, with oregano and would get a look like, “what is wrong with you?” But, the cucumbers are so good here, sometimes they are just enough. This year, I have seen entirely new and interesting varieties of salads. Cafes and tavernas on the other side of the island from the port, in Aliki, Piso Livadi, Drios and Golden Beach have been fantastic. At Apoplous in Aliki, fabulous spinach with grilled haloumi, sun dried tomato, dried cranberries, tomato and honey balsamic dressing. Again at Apoplous, grilled vegetables and haloumi. At Blue on Golden Beach, marouli (lettuce) with apple, walnuts, Parmesan, and sun dried tomato. At Kanavos in Piso Livadi, Greek salad with carrots. At Sea View hotel, Pat made a lunch one day with traditional Greek salad, with lots of great Feta on top. Last, but not least, at my friends house in Kamares, Carolina made a beautiful salad with organic greens from her garden and even edible flowers. And, for dessert at Blue, fruit salad to finish a great meal.

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